Submitted by Joy Kagawa
OAKHURST – Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary has now welcomed eight new members since November 2013. Our club was chartered in 1987, making it 27 years old this year.
We have gained seven new members this year and in fact, welcomed our newest member, Karina Bulow-Brown, at our morning meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 24.
In addition to Kathy Creighton, who was welcomed to Sunrise Rotary in November 2013, we have seven new members so far this year: John Honnette, Carolyn Honnette, Ed Hart, Melissa Buller, Karen Bradley, Kamran Dideban and Karina Bulow-Brown, bringing our total membership to 29.
The Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary holds two major fundraisers each year – the 19th Annual Cajun-Creole Festival, upcoming on Saturday Mar. 29, and the 24th Annual Rick Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament on Oct. 18. Funds raised at our events are used for high school scholarships, elementary school Student of the Month awards, contributions to the Boys & Girls Club, Manna House, Oakhurst Community Center and many other local and international projects. We have also contributed to digging wells to provide clean water in Uganda and Haiti.
Rotary is a group of volunteers who are leaders in our community. Rotary International’s motto is “Service Above Self.” As stated on the website, “We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good.”
We are nearing a sell-out of tickets for the Cajun-Creole Festival this Saturday at 6 p.m, at the Oakhurst Community Center, but there are still some available. Tickets are a $40 donation. This is an all-you-can-eat delicious dinner including Cajun Shrimp, BBQ Ribs, Maque Choux Corn, Dirty Rice, Coleslaw and Bread Pudding.
There will be an awesome raffle, live auction items, and limited tickets (for increased chance) for the grand prize of a Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower. For ticket information call 559-283-4731.
We are happy to be growing our club and welcome other business and service-minded individuals to attend a meeting with us and see what we do. We meet every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the Yosemite Gateway Restaurant. For more information contact President Susan Macaulay at 683-4494.